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Anteaters Halt Furman's Winning Streak, 4-3

Ansley Speaks
Ansley Speaks

IRVINE, CALIF. – UC Irvine halted the Furman women's tennis team's four-match winning streak with a 4-3 decision over the Paladins Wednesday at the Anteater Tennis Stadium in Irvine, Calif.

The Anteaters clinched the doubles point to open the match, as Ali Facey and Franziska Goettschin topped junior Alex Moreno-Kaste and senior Katherine Oudin, 8-4, at flight one, and Kat Facey teamed with Sarah Stadfelt for an 8-6 win over junior Kelly Sullivan and freshman Karlee Bryde at number three.  The Paladins were victorious at flight two, as freshmen Blair Martin and Ansley Speaks bested Sarah Gong and Brooke Schweyer, 8-6.

The teams split the singles matches, with Furman's Speaks moving into the top spot in the lineup and registering a 1-6, 6-3, 10-5 win versus Gong.  Moreno-Kaste notched a victory at flight two, defeating Marivick Mamiit, 4-6, 6-2, 10-7, and Paladin senior Amanda Murray beat Stadfelt, 7-6(5), 6-0, at flight six to add to the Furman total.

UC Irvine picked up wins at flights three through five for the team victory.  Goettschin defeated Bryde, 6-1, 6-0, at number three, and Ali Facey recorded a 6-4, 6-1 advantage over Oudin at flight four. At flight five, Kat Facey posted a 6-1, 6-2 win versus Sullivan.

Furman (7-4) will conclude its California trip with a 1 p.m. match at San Diego on Friday.

The Paladins open the 2014 Southern Conference season at Elon on March 21 then play at UNC Greensboro on March 22.  Furman concludes its six-match road swing at Western Carolina on March 25.  The Paladins' next home match is March 26 versus Appalachian State at the Mickel Tennis Center.

UC Irvine 4, Furman 3
Mar 12, 2014 at Irvine, Calif. (Anteater Tennis Stadiumm)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Sarah Gong (UCI) 1-6, 6-3, 10-5

2. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Marivick Mamiit (UCI) 4-6, 6-2, 10-7

3. Franziska Goettschin (UCI) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-1, 6-0

4. Ali Facey (UCI) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 6-4, 6-1

5. Kat Facey (UCI) def. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) 6-1, 6-2

6. Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Sarah Stadfelt (UCI) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0


Doubles competition

1. Ali Facey/Franziska Goettschin (UCI) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Katherine Oudin (FUR) 8-4

2. Blair Martin/Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Sarah Gong/Brooke Schweyer (UCI) 8-6

3. Kat Facey/Sarah Stadfelt (UCI) def. Kelly Sullivan/Karlee Bryde (FUR) 8-6